International Qualification Holder

Direct Admissions Exercise

The Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE) is administered by Ngee Ann Polytechnic to allow applicants whose qualification types are ineligible under JAE and JPAE to apply for admission to our full-time diploma courses.

1. Can I apply?

International qualification holders, including Returning Singaporeans, can apply for admission under the DAE.

You must be holding one of the following international academic qualifications and meet the respective Minimum Entry Requirements in the table below.

    For Returning Singaporeans only: Returning Singaporeans are required to have completed at least Year 10 of High School with:

    • English: Minimum Grade B
    • Mathematics: Minimum Grade B
    • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum Grade B

    Issued by any of the following examination boards:

    • Cambridge
    • Edexcel
    • Oxford AQA

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    • English as a First Language: Minimum Grade C
    • Mathematics: Minimum Grade C
    • 1 relevant subject and 2 best subjects: Minimum Grade C

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    All requirements to be for Year 12 Standard Level:

    • English: Minimum Grade 5
    • Mathematics: Minimum Grade 5
    • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum Grade 5

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)

    • English: Grade A1 to B6
    • Mathematics: Grade A1 to B6
    • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Grade A1 to B6

    Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)

    • Bahasa Inggeris: Grade A+ to C
    • Mathematics: Grade A+ to C
    • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Grade A+ to C

    Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM)

    • On a case-by-case basis

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    Brunei-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level

    • English: Grade A1 to C6
    • Mathematics: Grade A1 to C6
    • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Grade A1 to C6

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    National College Entrance Examination (NCEE) ‘Gaokao’ or

    Year 12 Senior Middle School Graduation Examination Results or

    Year 11 Senior Middle 2 Semester 2 Results

    • English*: Minimum 60%
    • Mathematics: Minimum 60%
    • 1 relevant subject and 2 best subjects: Minimum 60%

    * Alternative English Language Proficiency Test results such as IELTS Academic minimum overall score of 6.0 (with minimum score of 6.0 each for all individual assessment components of Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking), TOEFL (minimum score 78 for internet-based test) or IGCSE English as a First Language (minimum grade C) can be considered.

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

    • English: Minimum Grade 3
    • Mathematics: Minimum Grade 3
    • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum Grade 3

    Category A subjects only.

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    Year 10 of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) or Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE)

    Higher Secondary School Certificate (Year 12)

    • English: Minimum 70%
    • Mathematics: Minimum 70%
    • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum 70%

    Returning Singaporeans with Year 10 Secondary School Certificates from other Indian State Boards may be considered.

     

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    Basic Education High School (BEHS)

    • English*: Minimum 70%
    • Mathematics: Minimum 70%
    • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum 70%

    * Alternative English Language Proficiency Test results such as IELTS Academic minimum overall score of 6.0 (with minimum score of 6.0 each for all individual assessment components of Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking), TOEFL (minimum score 78 for internet-based test) or IGCSE English as a First Language (minimum grade C) can be considered.

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    High School Diploma (Year 12)

    • English: Minimum 85%
    • Mathematics: Minimum 85%
    • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum 85%

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    Sri Lanka National Examination
    General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) Examination

    • English: Minimum 70% or B Grade
    • Mathematics: Minimum 70% or B Grade
    • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum 70% or B Grade

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    Sri Lanka National Examination
    General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) Examination

    • English: Minimum 70% or B Grade
    • Mathematics: Minimum 70% or B Grade
    • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum 70% or B Grade

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    Mathayom 6 (Year 12)

    • English*: Minimum Grade 3 (70%)
    • Mathematics: Minimum Grade 3 (70%)
    • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum Grade 3 (70%)

    * Alternative English Language Proficiency Test results such as IELTS Academic minimum overall score of 6.0 (with minimum score of 6.0 each for all individual assessment components of Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking), TOEFL (minimum score 78 for internet-based test) or IGCSE English as a First Language (minimum grade C) can be considered.

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    Year 12 High School Diploma

    • English: Minimum Grade B
    • Mathematics: Minimum Grade B
    • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum Grade B

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    Year 12 High School Graduation Certificate of National Examination

    • English*: Minimum Grade 7
    • Mathematics: Minimum Grade 7
    • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum Grade 7

    * Alternative English Language Proficiency Test results such as IELTS Academic minimum overall score of 6.0 (with minimum score of 6.0 each for all individual assessment components of Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking), TOEFL (minimum score 78 for internet-based test) or IGCSE English as a First Language (minimum grade C) can be considered.

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    Assessed on a case-by-case basis, but should generally have completed Year 12 of High School with:

    • English: Minimum Grade B
    • Mathematics: Minimum Grade B
    • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum Grade B

    For Returning Singaporeans only

    Returning Singaporeans are required to have completed at least Year 10 of High School with:

    • English: Minimum Grade B
    • Mathematics: Minimum Grade B
    • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum Grade B
    Entrance Test

    Applicants may be shortlisted to sit for the Polytechnic’s entrance test provided they meet the Minimum Entry Requirements of their respective foreign qualification AND the course entry requirements for the full-time courses they are applying for.

    Shortlisted candidates will receive an email invitation to sit for the entrance test held in end January 2024 / early February 2024. Please refer to the Entrance Test information (134KB) and the Entrance Test subject syllabus (168KB).

    Please refer to the Entrance Test Sample Papers of the respective subjects in this table.

    Entrance Test Subject Sample Paper
    English English Sample Paper

    Mathematics Mathematics Sample Paper

    Biology Biology Sample Paper

    Chemistry Chemistry Sample Paper

    Physics Physics Sample Paper

    Combined Science (Biology & Chemistry) Combined Science (Biology & Chemistry) Sample Paper

    Combined Science (Chemistry & Physics) Combined Science (Chemistry & Physics) Sample Paper

    Combined Science (Biology & Physics) Combined Science (Biology & Physics) Sample Paper

    Only applicants holding the following 5 qualifications are not required to sit for the entrance test:

    • IGCSE
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Year 12
    • Malaysia SPM
    • Malaysia UEC
    • Brunei Cambridge GCE O-Level

    2. How do I Apply?

    • Check the application periods for the different qualifications below before applying. Please check and be aware of the courses with medical requirements (143KB) before selecting your course choices in the application. You will not be allow to continue with the course in the event that you are offered, if you do not meet the respective course medical requirements.
    • Apply via the Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE) Portal.
    • Your supporting documents should be uploaded to the DAE portal during the online application. Please include a notarized English translation should your qualification be printed in a language other than English.
    • You can include up to 3 choices in NP for which you are eligible.
    • You will only receive 1 offer if successful.

    Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE)

    QualificationStart DateEnd DateOutcome Date

    International Qualifications excluding:

    • UEC
    • IB Diploma Year 12
    • SPM and STPM qualifications
    • IGCSE (both Singapore and overseas schools)
    23 Oct 20233 Nov 2023By 1 Apr 2024

    Malaysia Qualifications (applicants who have obtained the national examination results)

    • UEC
    • SPM and STPM qualifications

    *For SPM holders: Please include your 1119 GCE-O English Grade or CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) English Grade supporting document in your application.

    23 Oct 2023
    3 Nov 2023
    By 1 Apr 2024

    Malaysia Qualifications

    • SPM 2023 Registrants Only (IMPORTANT: Please submit proof of SPM 2023 exam registration with list of SPM subjects AND SPM trial exam result for consideration. You may be required to sit for additional online assessment.)
    11 Jan 2024

    16 Jan 2024

    By 1 Apr 2024
    International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma) Year 12
    (Both Local and Overseas Schools)
    11 Jan 2024

    16 Jan 2024

    By 1 Apr 2024

    IGCSE (Both Local and Overseas Schools)

    • ACS International
    • Hwa Chong International
    • SJI International
    • Overseas Schools/Centres who conduct IGCSE
    18 Jan 2024

    25 Jan 2024

    By 1 Apr 2024

    3. What happens next?

    • The outcome of your application will be released online through the DAE Portal.
    • If your application is successful, you will receive an enrolment package with instructions on how to accept your offer online.
    • The period between receiving your package and your course registration appointment can be as short as 1 or 2 days. It is very important that you accept the offer during the appointment.
    • You can accept your offer online via eEnrol portal. Other information including payment of fees, application for financial assistance schemes and orientation period can also found in both the package and the portal.



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